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The Amalfi Coast is often considered Italy’s most beautiful stretch of coastline, and it’s easy to see why. The soaring mountain peaks are a dramatic backdrop to a coast that's dotted with colourful towns and sandy coves. The lifestyle here is laid-back but glamorous – think coffees in sun-dappled piazzas while vintage convertibles flash by.
A visitor favourite is the upmarket fishing town of Positano, closely followed by Amalfi with its colourful houses and postcard-perfect beachfront. Ravello, set high above Amalfi, is another highlight. You’ll find sandy beaches scattered all along the coast, with the longest fronting the town of Maiori. It’s not all about sunbathing and sightseeing, though – the Amalfi Coast is also great for foodies. There are countless restaurants to choose from, serving fresh fish and delicious regional pasta dishes. No meal is complete without a shot of limoncello, made from the area’s supersized lemons.
The Amalfi Coast puts you within easy reach of Pompeii’s haunting ruins, as well as the lovely islands of Capri and Ischia, both an easy ferry ride away.
The Amalfi Coast’s stunning looks hide a surprising blend of history and heritage. There are some fantastic resort beaches, like Amalfi’s sandy shore and Minori’s quieter curve of beachfront, but look behind the gloss and you’ll find some of Italy’s most impressive heritage attractions, too. There’s the monochrome-striped cathedral in Amalfi, and Ravello's spectacular Villa Rufolo, with its flower-filled gardens and panoramic views. You’ll find plenty of amazing sights just a short drive away, too, like Pompeii, frozen in time by Vesuvius’ deadly eruption, and Paestum, home to a collection of well-preserved ancient temples.
The closest airport to the Amalfi Coast is Naples (NAP), which is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes from Amalfi. Direct flights to Naples airport (NAP) are available from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.
Like many coastal spots in Italy, the Amalfi Coast tends to be busiest during July and August, when you'll find tourists as well as Italians enjoying the hot weather and summer festivals that take place. A good time to go is May-June and September-October, when you can enjoy fewer crowds and good weather. Although the Amalfi Coast is mostly a summer destination, visitors during the winter can still enjoy quite mild temperatures and normally dry weather. However not all restaurants and shops remain open out of season.
Thanks to the quality of the soil and the balmy temperatures, lemons grown on the Amalfi Coast are some of the best in the world. Locals use them to make limoncello, a sweet liqueur that’s often brought out at the end of a meal – trying some is a must when visiting! Food-wise, seafood lovers will be spoilt for choice, with bream, octopus, sea urchins and much more on restaurant menus. A particular favourite is scialatielli ai frutti di mare. This seafood pasta dish is traditional to the Amalfi Coast.
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